Forca Goa to travel to Spain for pre-season

Panjim: Forca Goa will be travelling to Murcia, Spain on August 22 for a run of pre-season games before the start of the fifth edition of the Hero Indian Super League.

Having retained a number of key players from their last campaign, Sergio Lobera has added plenty of new faces to the squad and will hope his team settles together during their trip to La Manga.

The 27 man squad, which will include four development team players, will travel to Murcia on October 7 and play five friendlies at the La Manga Club, which boasts of world-class facilities.

Sergio Lobera said all the players that went to La Manga last year noticed that it was an ideal place to prepare for a new season, “It is a location that has been chosen by world-class teams like Manchester United, Chelsea and many national teams as well.”

The Gaurs have five potential friendlies lined up against the likes of FC Cartagena, UCAM Murcia CF and former La Liga side Real Murcia before returning to Goa on September 17.

However, Lobera believes the training camp will be more of a learning experience for his side.
“In pre-season, the results don’t matter. The focus is to ensure all players get to the required fitness level and the new players get accustomed to our style of play”.